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    Good SciFi (Babylon 5... Perry Rhodan, in content if not in style, the new Galactica), good horror (Aliens, H. P. Lovecraft novels). Proudly on the far left of the political spectrum by most scales.

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  1. You find the cow card in Brunwich, in the attic of a barn. Nothing pointing to it, no quest, no nothing. Card is an in-joke referring to one of CDPR's anti-exploit measures. In case you don't know, in early versions of the game you could just kill the cows in White Orchard over and over again and sell their hides. Now... you can do that twice. After the third time the Bovine Defence Force appears (a level 34 or such Chort) and tears you apart. The cow card does the same. It has strengh 0 but when it gets removed from the playing field the BDF takes its place and levels the enemy I prefer Northern Realms, but probably mostly because I was used to it from the very start. All the decks have their strenghts and weaknesses, depends on your preferred playstyle. Played it a bit but there's so much other stuff to play on my list. It's lovely-made. 2D top view game like back in the days but very fitting, good graphics and sound, and all battles and riddles are done via Gwent. Well a very modified Gwent compared to the 3rd game, with lots of extra bells and whistles. Very different game overall. And boy, some of those riddles are fucking hard. You tend to get special rules and a predefined deck for them, and there's usually exactly one way to win.
  2. Heard about Dec 20th previously already. And from what can be seen already, the Ciri complaint remains the only valid one. Unless one only knows the Witcher world from the games and whines about Triss no longer being a redhead. Cashgrab has begun already; book store at Brunswick station had the entire main story books for sale, all with stickers "A Netflix original". Got them all, very lovely-made and sooner or later I'd have bought them all anyway so why not get it over with
  3. Wild Hunt ist gotta be one of the best games I ever saw and played. Litmus test for the Gwent cards quest: You know where to find the cow?
  4. Frankly, I see no reason to even start discussing this topic. It's settled, and science is right. The proposed mechanism of global warming has been known for more than a century, it's plausible, the actual observations jibe with it, and (my personal litmus test) time and again I see that foundational criticism of AGW (as opposed to discussing details, which is fair) is based on willful ignorance. And just like with (for example) babblical cretinism, when two sides are at each others' throats and side A knows where side B is coming from but not vice versa, it's a damn safe bet that side A is right. In the climate disaster case side A is the scientists. Case closed, as far as I'm concerned. Unless I see some actually reasonable criticism of the topic as a whole.
  5. Hoping the best for you then I guess. Over here, according to its own publicly posted party program (alliterations just happened without my intention ), while the AfD is promising to defend the 99 % against neofeudalism, they'll really just tighten the thumbscrews even further. Of course one has to 1. read that damn program to notice and 2. care jack shit. Can't really blame the desperate ones if they stay with that party as all the others basically just ignore the entire existence of the losers of capitalism. It's not rational... but it's human. Like I said, problem is how you define "competence". "Technocracy" over here means the governments installed in the Southern European countries to supposedly get them out of their financial mess (which we put them into), bypassing their parliaments and ignoring any election outcome they didn't like. Competent? In a way, yes... if you define "competence" as "willing to execute the neofeudal program against all law and against the will of the people". You can imagine that I don't exactly read the term technocracy as anything good.
  6. There is no perfect system of government outside the realm of pure theory. Meritocracy (that's the term for "let the most competent ones rule" Wert ) does have its appeal but how exactly do you measure competence, and does that meritocracy exist in a system where competence is indeed the only thing that matters in rising to the top? It's been said above that, for example, if higher education costs you, it's just a mask for a plutocratic system where the richest will rule. Looking at the Vaterland, many many people would support the system if they had the feeling that the system, at least parts of it, would support them in turn. If you're among the losers of capitalism (a group growing by the day), all the "established parties" have exactly one message for you ("..|.."), only exception is parts of the last remaining leftist party which is slowly being eaten up from within, subverted by neofeudalism just like all the other formerly leftist ones. The only party left that makes it at least sound like it cares for them is the far-right AfD - and the "established parties" wonder why they just can't stop them. Not that they really want to stop them because they really are convinced that the only real danger can come from the left. Rightards, up to and including neonazis, are basically seen as mannerless but "hey at least they aren't leftists amirite?". It's a plutocracy/kleptocracy - depending on your perspective - and this side from an armed uprising there's not really a thing one can do, so why would the common citizen bother to play along in the sham called "election"? Sucks but that's reality for you. And even if one county would leave the neofeudal imperialist western club, let's be real - the US empire would get them back in line using everything in their book, sanctions to starve the people, supporting "freedom fighters" against the "regime", or just march in and install profitable fascism. The change needs to start in the heart of the beast. As I see it, unless the US get their act together and take their country back from the 1 % which currently own it, we're all screwed.
  7. Thurisaz

    Exchristian

    Standard bullshit of a Jebus Taliban member. Been there, done that. The entire underlying theory of the Jebus cult (limited to one book full of lies, contradictions and nonsense) makes no sense and is cruel by any rational means. Whatever "love" one can feel it is is not because but despite that theory, a result of psychological manipulation. Me, I don't mind the casual "bible says jesus was a good guy, let's try be a bit like him" believer; the moment someone starts denying reality because it proves the "scripture" wrong though there is only one adequate answer.
  8. Then again, we are wrecking this globe pretty well and pretty fast, so this "apocalypse" at least has a basis in fact. Of course that doesn't stop the journaille from hyping it all up until, if all you look at is the journaille, you have to think it's all bullcrap. Sadly, pretty much all the scientists agree that this shit is happening. Disagreements are mostly about details, just like with evolutionary theory. Not the nicest thing to post in here, but denying facts doesn't help anyone so...
  9. Not a thing that can be summed up in one catchy sentence but... that concept that whoever leaves the cult "never really was a christian". Nice way to shut down any doubt, providing an easy answer that jibes with the cult's doctrine. As long as you're willing to believe that you're invulnerable to reason doubt. This is 167 % defense / apologetics and -7 % logical.
  10. Pretty much based on gut feelings but I think it's at least to a large amount a combo of 1. yes, wide-spread gun possession and 2. - at least compared to us - an enormous amount of machismo and prudeness, simultaneously. Gotta be a real man(TM) right? A real man never accepts a loss or else he's a loser and will stay one for the rest of his life; a real man fights for what he wants and grants no mercy. I'm exaggerating a bit here but I trust you understand what I mean. And Orwell wasn't that wrong I think when he had the heroine in 1984 postulate that sexual repression leads to an enormous amount of energy that must be spent somehow, if not for banging. And if you channel it correctly... Maybe that infamous concept of American exceptionalism plays into that too. You know, that idea that the US are better than everyone else and the last best hope for the planet et cetera ad nauseam. Last time we Germans thought like that... well we both know how that ended. And how many tens of millions of lives it cost. Just my 2 cents, mind you. May be correct, may be not. But perhaps it at least gives someone food for thought.
  11. Ah but then it's hardly like other countries had a recent history of peace and rainbows and unicorns is it? *cough* world wars in Europe *cough*... shouldn't we Germans above all others have developed a love for violence then?
  12. I know damn well what you mean. Not surprising of course... as we say over here, "you pay in bananas, you can only hire apes". Contemporary capitalist ideology runs everything on "gotta be cheapest and, huh, what does 'quality' mean?", so the cheapest way to run any 1st level support is staff it with untrained morons (who aren't even supposed to ever learn anything) and have them mindlessly work through scripts. I bet the fucking managers running that shit only see the wages as a cost factor - the untold man-hours of productivity lost due to shitty service cannot be calculated easily so they don't appear in their excel wallpapers. I'm working in a 1st level phone support and I fucking swear, we must be the only ones in the entire VW Group who usually know what we're talking about. Every other fucking helpdesk and such is a zombie infestation (desperately in need of braaaaaaaaaaaaains).
  13. Sadly it doesn't look like that will happen anytime soon. He's actually beginning to sometimes sound like a dyed-in-the-wool morontheist lately. He's not yet turned full fuckface yet, mind you, and I hope he won't... but some things he posts on FB certainly can make one go OHNOEZ!
  14. Well nothing wrong about wanting to be a hero(ine) - who wouldn't want that? - but there are ways that one better... not try out in real life. Especially not if the chosen way easily puts others' lives on the line. That said, there's something about the US and guns that is not easily explained. So many simple explanations about what to do to resolve that clusterfuck but they usually don't work once you think a bit more about them. I've seen web authors state that for US folks guns are basically another kind of porn, which may or may not be true... but I do think that at least aims in the right general direction. It's certainly not just that there are so many guns around - otherwise countries like Switzerland would be right up there in the carnage statistics (and on the other hand, "more guns = less crime" is also wrong, or else we Krauts with our very strict gun control would just drown in crime...). Something makes US citizens want to use their guns against fellow humans almost literally at the drop of a hat. Whatever it is.
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